Ex-Tennessee Hoops Star Arrested For Robbery

Two years ago, it was pretty good to be Ramar Smith. He was an all-SEC freshman who helped lead Tennessee to the Sweet 16, averaging nearly 11 points per game for the season. But then it all went wrong. Smith’s role diminished as a sophomore, then he was kicked off the team following the season for violating a variety of rules, including the school’s substance-abuse policy.

Ramar Smith

So, did Smith get past whatever problems cost him his college career? Well, it’s looking like the answer is a pretty resounding “no.” Smith was arrested early on Thursday for his participation in a home invasion on Monday. Seems that he and another man went to an apartment to buy some pot, and decided it would be a good idea to steal some guns and cash (and, oh yeah, the drugs too). Apparently, Smith’s attempts to break back into basketball in Poland and Germany weren’t working out too well.

THE DAILY TIMES from the aptly-named Blount County in Tennessee has the details of Smith’s arrest:

Smith is charged with aggravated robbery. He’s been released from jail on a $15,000 bond.

Police say the victim in the crime alleged that Smith and another unidentified man came to an apartment at Steeplechase Apartments to buy marijuana, then stole cash, drugs and a gun.

The arrest warrant says the victim knew Smith, who had no previous criminal record.

The AP reports just how much was stolen:

The victim told police while he was talking with Smith, another person entered the apartment with a gun. Records accuse the pair of taking $6,000 in cash and a half pound of marijuana.

This isn’t particularly good timing for Smith, who is eligible for this year’s NBA Draft. Something tells me he hasn’t exactly been working out hard in anticipation of that.

Kudos to Pearl for making a good decision to get rid of this guy last year, but what is it with Tennessee not being able to stay away from guys with shady character?